Do you think Henry deserves the praise he received in ch. 17?
I think he does deserve the praise he gets because he was fighting like a maniac. If he was just sluggish or ran, his regiment would likely lose because the morale of his regiment would plummet and if everyone sees Henry fighting like a mad man, people would get inspired and any qualms or fear would disappear. If you see someone fighting, you become no longer afraid and become a killer and a warrior. If everyone fights, it is extremely helpful for morale and you would likely win the battle. So, yes, Henry does deserve this praise because he is now in the state of a ferocious killer, which all armies need to win wars.